Mixed-up Days

"Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don't know who or what I am! But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being...me." Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days

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I’ve been visiting my parents (I’m SO behind on Tumblr, I don’t think I can even try to catch up at this point). Above are pictures of corals and creatures in my dad’s saltwater aquarium!

Back to real life, now. I have two professional development classes this week, and I want to work out how to incorporate the idea of a “genius hour” into a first grade classroom. I love the concept, but I’m not sure how it works with primary students.

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I’m a bit jealous of teachers who can go work in their classrooms over the summer. We always get our keys taken away and aren’t allowed back until late August. There is so much I’d like to do, just a bit at a time, instead of all in a rush the two weeks before school starts!

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On our last day, the students got to play the board games that they designed themselves, switching partners every five minutes. (Some kids wore their superhero accessories from yesterday!) Every year I do this, I am always surprised and pleased by how thrilled they are to play their own games and how little arguing goes on. We also had an all-school assembly that ended with a video of every person in the school (students and staff) dancing to “Happy”, a project the outgoing fifth graders took on, and it was hilarious. It was a wonderful way to end the year!

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For the past couple of weeks, one of my students kept telling me that she was working on a book for me. She called it “the blue book” but only laughed and said it was a secret when I asked about it. Today, on the last day of school, she gave me the book…and holy wow. I don’t often get emotional at school, but this book brought on the tears. She even made a separate, tiny little book for our class bear!

I told her mother how much I loved the book and she just shook her head and said, “That was all her. All the words, all the ideas, all her. I just typed it up!”

This will be one of those things I take out after particularly bad days, or when I need a reminder of why I do this job. How awesome.

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